World Cup Italia '90

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This article is about the video game. For the actual event, see 1990 FIFA World Cup.
World Cup Italia '90
WorldCupItalia90BoxShotSMS.jpg
Master System Cover art
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega, Virgin Mastertronic
Series FIFA World Cup
Platform(s) Mega Drive, Master System
Release 1990
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

World Cup Italia '90 is a football video game by Sega for Mega Drive in 1990 and Master System in 1991. The Mega Drive version is the European release of World Championship Soccer. The Master System version was released in Brazil as Super Futebol II.

Summary[edit]

The game gives official groups, teams and the fidelity schedule of the championship. Gameplay occurs at a bird's-eye view and sees the player given the choice of participating as any of the teams that featured in the tournament itself, and no qualifying tournaments to reach the World Cup are available on this game.

The Mega Drive version was later renamed to Sega Soccer on the Mega 6 compilation cartridge removing the Virgin Mastertronic credits.

In Brazil, the Master System version was released as a Master System exclusive with the name Super Futebol II. Super Futebol had been the name used in Brazil for World Championship Soccer.

Official license[edit]

Virgin Mastertronic owned the home license for the official video game of the 1990 World Cup. This was used on their self-developed games for home computers under the title World Cup Soccer: Italia '90. They also published Sega games in Europe so used the licence for the different games for the Sega consoles.

This is the second World Cup official licensed franchise game based on the 1990 FIFA World Cup featuring the official logo and the mascot, the first having been the ill-fated and little-known World Cup Carnival for the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review score
Publication Score
CVG 44% [1]

Mega placed the game at #5 in their list of the 10 Worst Mega Drive Games of All Time,[2] and awarded a score of 40%.[3]

See also[edit]

There are other unofficial Italia '90 games: World Cup Italia '90, Italy '90 Soccer and Italia 1990 Codemaster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Computer & Video Games Issue 112" (112). March 1991: 78. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Mega magazine issue 1, page 85, Future Publishing, Oct 1992
  3. ^ Mega rating, issue 9, page 23, Future Publishing, June 1993

External links[edit]

Preceded by
World Cup Carnival
FIFA World Cup Official Licensed Video Game
1990
Succeeded by
World Cup USA '94